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Tennis pro Roger Federer - who is of course OUR national hero in Switzerland - is now proud papa of twin girls so I thought it might be appropriate to make the connection :))) and celebrate with him and the world. Don’t take me too serious, okay, but this is what fills our newspapers these days and I mean every once in a while it is nice to hear and read something positive, isn’t it! Also me had an “oh so cute” phase the other day when I saw pictures of the babies. LOL.

Anyway, this picture was taken on the approach to Grand Junction Airport (from a Cessna 172) and this is the moment when Benno wants me to “think” with him - and especially looking out if there is nobody else in the approach sector - instead of taking pictures but when the airport is controlled he does not mind and I went ahead (many of the little airfields are not and you just land, with some rules of course, talking over the radio telling everyone “out there” where you are, in case there is someone else that wants to land at the same field at the same moment). Gran Junction Airport is usually pretty busy but nothing compared to an international airport of course. It has all sorts of traffic including air force but the controller brings you down so you do not have to worry too much about an FA18 behind you, they separate you from faster moving aircrafts.

The only problem when trying to land was xy to be honest with you. He is one of the air traffic controllers sitting in the Grand Junction Tower but if this guy is in a bad mood, honestly it is even for Americans hard to understand what he wants, not to speak about us who’s language is not English. So after Benno said several times “say again” this guy got really mad and spoke even faster and I mean you do not want to land if you are not “cleared to land”. Just so awful, it makes you nervous and when we returned the key to the renter’s office, they asked how it was and Benno said well okay but he did not understand this guy in the tower and Tina said “oh you mean xy, yeah we are aware of the problem”. What a relief that it was not us but how dangerous, this guy should rather work at Safeway controlling how much tins are left in the shelf :))) instead of scaring off pilots!!!

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